3DS Review: Kirby: Planet Robobot

Kirby is back and he’s brought some help…

It’s been a while since the last Kirby game, the last one I remember playing was Kirby’s Epic Yarn which was one of my guilty pleasures of the last generation. Planet Robobot is more a return to form for the series, but Kirby can also utilize his power in robots that he pilots.
The story follows an invasion that transform Kirby’s world into one for robots, it’s pretty basic but gives enough motivation to play it through to the end. The gameplay is very reminiscent of the classic Kirby games, which is no bad thing. There are 3 hidden collectibles in each level and collecting a certain amount is required in each world to unlock the boss battle and to move onto the next world, while collecting a certain number will also unlock secret levels too.
The levels are well varied and have a nice balance of enemies, while the difficulty level is fairly easy…I did come across a few areas that were tricky and did require a few attempts. The game looks great on 3DS, even more so with the 3D enabled…while the music captures classic Kirby nostalgia as well.

It’s definitely a return to roots for Kirby, the exception being the giant robots that he can control. These are powerful machines, perhaps too powerful…making some levels a breeze. The good thing though is that they aren’t always available so there is some challenge.

The Verdict

Kirby: Planet Robobot may not change the series, but the addition of robots is a nice touch and it definitely feels like a nod to the classic Kirby games. It may not offer much of a challenge, but it is great fun and memorable from start to finish.

Score: 8.5